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Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

Thomson-PP15Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 novel by Jane Austen. Like its predecessor Sense and Sensibility it focuses on love and marriage among the English gentry of the period, a subject encapsulated in one of the most famous opening lines in literature. Although the title may simply reflect the succesful formula of the earlier novel, it also alludes to the obstacles that must be overcome by the central characters, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.

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Henry Fielding: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

Tom_Jones_XVI-10Tom Jones is a 1749 novel by Henry Fielding. It's follows the eponymous hero from his appearance as a newborn baby at the home of Squire Allworthy, through a series of picaresque advenures, which provide the occasion for satirical social commentary.

Initially controversial for the frankness of some of its subject matter, it has long since been recognised as a landmark in the development of the English novel.

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Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility

Hammond-SS04Sense and Sensibility is an 1811 novel by Jane Austen. The plot follows the fortunes of the two young sisters, Elinor and Marianne. Their contrasting attitudes mirror illustrate the qualities of the novel's title, with Elinor standing for good sense, and the more impulsive, romantic Marianne standing for sensibility.

Early critics tended to see the novel as a morally improving work with Elinor's conduct taken as a guide, and Marianne's as a warning. More recently, a similar interpretation by the Scottish moral philosopher Alasdair Macintyre sees Elinor as an example of the Aristotelian virtue of constancy.

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Daniel Defoe: A Journal of the Plague Year

Walter George Bell, via Wikimedia CommonsA Journal of the Plague Year is a 1722 novel by Daniel Defoe, which purports to be an eyewitness account of the great plague which struck London in 1665. It contains much authentic detail based on extensive research. Its place between history and fiction has consequently been the subject of a longstanding and inconclusive debate.

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Wikisource: A Journal of the Plague Year. Ongoing transcription project.

Other Resources

Librivox: A Journal of the Plague Year. Public domain audiobook.
London Fictions: A Journal of the Plague Year, review by Dermot Kavanagh.
Medical History: A Journal of the Plague Year, Oxford World Classics edition reviewed by Alice Ford-Smith.
Wikipedia: Daniel Defoe - A Journal of the Plague Year

Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes
Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe - Moll Flanders - two novels which also purport to be authentic first person accounts.
Samuel Pepys: Diary - an actual eyewitness account of the 1665 plague.
Bloom's Western Canon: A Journal of the Plague Year is included.


Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe

Robinson_Crusoe_1719_1st_editioncropRobinson Crusoe is a 1719 novel by Daniel Defoe. Like several of Defoe's works, it purported to be a genuine autobiography, in this case that of an English seaman, shipwrecked for many years on a desert island off the coast of South America, who nevertheless manages to maintain a civilised existence with the help of a native servant, Friday.

The novel proved immediately and enduringly popular, inspiring a genre of castaway stories, sometimes known as Robinsonades. Modern critics have often interpreted Crusoe as representing an emergent economic individualism. 

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Daniel Defoe: Moll Flanders

Moll_Flanders (1)The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders is a 1722 novel by Daniel Defoe.

The eponymous heroine recounts a picaresque life story that was presented as a genuine autobiography on first publication. The title page records that Flanders was 'born in Newgate, and during a life of continu'd variety for threescore years, besides her childhood, was twelve years a whore, five times a wife (whereof once to her own brother) twelve years a thief, eight years a transported felon in Virginia, at last grew rich, liv'd honest, and died a penitent.'

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Samuel Richardson: Clarissa

Robert_Lovelace_Preparing_to_Abduct_Clarissa_HarloweClarissa, or The History of a Young Lady, is a 1748 novel by Samuel Richardson. Composed as a series of letters, it portrays the young heroine's attempt to maintain her virtue and independence in the face of a domineering family, and of the villainous attentions of the libertine Robert Lovelace.

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The Guardian: The 100 best novels - No 4 – Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1748), by Robert McCrum, 14 October 2013.

Librivox: Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson, in 9 Volumes. Public domain audiobook.

Wikipedia: Samuel Richardson - Clarissa

 Further reading

Samuel Richardson: Pamela.

Rousseau: Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise

Bloom's Western Canon: Clarissa is listed.


Charles Dickens: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Mystery_of_edwin_drood_0011The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the last novel by Charles Dickens, left unfinished at his death in 1870, after six of a planned twelve parts had been published in serialization.

The story is set in Cloisterham, a thinly-veiled version of the Kent cathedral town of Rochester, the setting for a murder to which the title refers. A number of adaptations have attempted to provide a resolution to the story.

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Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend

Illustration_Our_mutual_friend-gaffer_lizzie_1864Our Mutual Friend is Charles Dickens' last completed novel, originally serialized in 1864-5.  It's complex plot centres on a legacy left to John Harmon, on condition that he marry Bella Wilfer, a woman, he has never met.

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Charles Dickens: Little Dorrit

Little_Dorrit _Little_Dorrit_leaving_the_Marshalsea _by_PhizLittle Dorrit is a novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialized from 1855 to 1857. The title character, Amy Dorrit, begins the novel in Marshalsea Prison where her father is held as a debtor, as Dickens' own father had been in the 1820s. 

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